An enormous configuration, the components of Ventilation Building No. 7 recall the monumentality of American grain elevators and engineering architecture that captivated leaders of the modern movement in the 1920s. Whereas the most advanced technology characterizes the Central Artery complex, this aboveground structure projects a powerful symbolic force, one enhanced by the fine proportions of its massing, and the rational expression of its functions. Huge chimney funnels consisting of two giant fans, exhaust and supply, specifically, draw stale air from the submerged roadway and replace this exhaust with fresh air drawn into the vent building through louvers in the long horizontal walls. The shutters serving as mechanical air intakes are part of the emergency response building. The Boston Society of Architects (1997) and the American Institute of Architects (1998) bestowed design excellence awards to the architects for this building.
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Ventilation Building No. 7, Ted Williams Tunnel
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